CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 3, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Pro Tempore Galo called the meeting to order.

 

  II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Galo led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Mayor Pro Tempore, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.                                                                      Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Jose A.  Valdez, Jr.,                                                                 Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

           

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

Cm. Agredano invited everyone to participate in the 12th Annual Letter Carrier Food Drive to be held on Saturday, May 8, 2004.  He asked that the community make a contribution of any non-perishable food items to this drive.  He explained that people can leave the food items outside their mailbox and the letter carriers will pick them up during their rounds.  He added that all the food collected stays here for distribution to the people in Laredo.  He also extended Mother’s Day greetings to all local mothers, especially to his mother, mother-in-law, and his wife. 

 

Cm. Garcia extended warm greetings to all mothers on their special day on May 9, 2004.  He mentioned that this week is also Teacher Appreciation Week and asked parents to congratulate them because they work hard all school year with our children.  He added that next week is Police Officer Week and asked that everyone show their appreciation to them for the hard work they do for the entire community.  He also thanked the Parks and Recreation crews for the great work done at Vela Park, Optimists Park, and Eastwood Park to make them suitable for recreational activities following the bad weather storm. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo extended Happy Mother’s Day greetings to all mothers and urged everyone to show their appreciation to their mothers.  He also congratulated Dr. Cantu for the dedication of a building at Martin High School in his name.  He asked that everyone show their appreciation to our teachers in recognition of Teachers Appreciation Day and to our secretaries and administrators in recognition of Executive Administrators Day.   He congratulated the Laredo Bucks team and everyone in the city for their support of the hockey team.  

 

Cm. Amaya stated that he attended the Jesus Garcia Head Start Program and stated that he truly enjoyed the program that they presented and thanked the staff for the fine work they do.  He also thanked the Parks and Recreation crews for the great job they did in replanting the palm trees around the skate park on Lyon Street.  He reminded everyone to go out early to cast their vote for the May 17th election.  He stated that early voting began on April 28th and will run through May 11th. 

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. stated that his time as a public servant to the citizens of District V was coming to a close.  He thanked his constituents for all their support through the years and the crew from Public Works for taking care of the numerous requests coming in for District V, the City Manager for his quick response to the district’s drainage issues, the Parks & Recreation Department for wrapping up most of the pending projects.  He also extended  Mother’s Day greetings to all mothers in the community, especially his mother and wife.

 

Cm. Belmares also extended Mother’s Day greetings to all mothers especially his wife, mother, and mother-in-law.  He also thanked the City Manager for the time given to address important issues in District VI, with a special thanks to Eddie Garza, Juan Gomez, and Ed Gilpin of the Engineering Department who worked diligently on the flooding issues. 

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. extended greetings to all mothers for a special Mother’s Day holiday and to all teachers for Teachers Appreciation Week.   He also thanked the crews from Public Works for the excellent work done to control the erosion at the creek on Bristol Road.  He thanked a volunteer group that provided their time to clean up an area along the railroad tracks in Districts VII and VIII. 

 

Cm. Ramirez congratulated Mr. Vasquez who was responsible for the painting of a mural in the Azteca neighborhood.  He congratulated the Transportation Safety Association on its first annual Safety Conference to be held in Laredo May 6th through May 8th.  He extended an invitation for everyone to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 5th for the new El Cuatro Pit Park.  He explained that this used to be part of the arroyo system down by the riverbanks.  He also wished all the mothers in our community a Happy Mother’s Day.

 

Mayor Flores congratulated Dr. Dennis Cantu for the dedication of a building at Martin High School.  She also thanked the members of the Green Space Committee for their dedication and contributions to the committee for the protection of our green space and future development in the community.  She personally thanked her appointee, Vicente Garza, Dr. Earhardt and the citizens of Laredo who have been actively involved in this important cause. 

 

            Invitations

 

            Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of Associate Judge Belinda Mendez on her appointment to State Judge

     officially known as Title IV-D Master I, which deals with family law matters.

 

      Mayor Flores and City Council presented Belinda Mendez with a Certificate of Recognition for her service to the City of Laredo from July, 2002 to June, 2004.

 

b.  Recognizing Jonathan Leyendecker as the District 5A Individual Golf Champion and

     fellow teammates from J.B. Alexander High School as District 5A Champions.

 

      Mayor Flores and City Council presented Jonathan Leyendecker with a Certificate of Recognition along with fellow teammates  Brian Caroll, Rene Rangel, Albert Galvan, Luis Guerra, and Ernie Benavides for their achievement. 

 

c.  Recognizing Christopher Welnetz, senior at United High School for winning Tennis

     District Champ sectional runner up for the third time.

 

      Mayor Flores and City Council presented Christopher Welnetz with a Certificate of Recognition for his achievement. 

d.  Recognition of City departments for their contribution and participation in the 2003

     United Way Campaign.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the City of Laredo has led by example, in particular with the United Way campaign by lending individuals to the campaign themselves.  These people have worked as officers and volunteers to collect funds for the organization.  He looks forward to continued participation in this worthy cause and stated that Dan Migura will be the new president for the United Way campaign.  He mentioned that the goals that were set by the committees involved in the process were self-determination and self-achievers which reflects in the amount of contributions being doubled from the first year’s contribution and sustaining the same amount for contributions in the years following.  He added that these contributions come from employee paychecks, not corporate contributions and the City employees are the leading employee group in the entire city. 

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, introduced David Cardwell, the current president, and Peggy Garcia, Executive Director, for their efforts to this cause.  He also thanked members of the R.E.A.C.H. Committee for the remarkable contributions made by them to this year’s and last year’s campaign: Anita Stanley – Parks and Recreation Department, Blasita Lopez – Telecommunications, Jerry Leal – Telecommunications, Eddie Zavala – City Manager’s Office, Linda Teniente – Administrative Services Department, and Sylvia Arrellano – Health Department. 

 

David Cardwell, current president of United Way, stated that without the efforts and contributions of the city employees, City Manager, Mayor Flores and the City Council, Dan Migura, and the R.E.A.C.H. Committee, they would not have reached the 2003 United Way goal.  He presented a special recognition for the Highest Employee Group Contributor and Pacesetter Award to Mayor Flores. 

 

Recognitions were made to the following departments for their contributions to the organization:

 

Gold Glass Award

 

Fire                                                Chief Luis Sosa                        $31, 751.80

 

Green Glass Award

 

Police                                             Chief Agustin Dovalina              $23,325.16

 

Gold Category

 

City Manager’s Office                    Larry Dovalina                          $6,532.05

Parks and Recreation                      Horacio De Leon                      $6,225.44

Health Department                          Hector Gonzalez                       $5,276.40

Transit – El Metro                          Tom Lucek                               $5,172.18

Bridge Department                         Rafael Garcia, Jr.                      $5,137.68

 

Silver Category

 

Engineering/Public Works   Rogelio Rivera/John Orfila        $3,688.50

Public Library                                 Janice Weber                           $2,727.00

Traffic/Safety                                  Roberto Murillo                        $2,645.00

Administrative Services                   Dan Migura                              $2,541.94

Finance Department                        Rosario Cabello                        $2,310.30

Airport                                           Jose Flores                               $2,297.20

Community Development                Erasmo Villarreal                      $2,127.46

Solid Waste                                    Oscar Medina                          $2,044.00

Environmental Services                   Riazul Mia                                $2,473.74

Planning & Zoning              Keith Selman                            $1,604.40

Engineering Department                  Rogelio Rivera              $1,405.00

Public Access                                 Blasita Lopez                            $1,306.48

Utilities                                           Pablo Martinez             $1,265.00

Budget                                           Martin Aleman              $1,222.00

Municipal Court                              Tommy Ochoa             $1,222.00

Convention & Visitors Bureau         Nick Reyna                              $1,211.86

Tax                                                Elizabeth Martinez                    $1,201.70

 

 

 

 

Recognition

 

Mayor & City Council                    Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores       

City Secretary’s Office                   Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

New Employee Orientation Dan Migura

City Attorney’s Office                     Jaime Flores

M.I.S.                                            Sandra Aleman

 

Highest Employee Group Contributor and Pacesetter Award

 

                                                      Grand Total                              $123,409.34

 

e.  Recognizing the Financial Services Department on their fifteenth consecutive

distinguished award for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).  This award is the highest recognition for state and local governments.

 

Rosario Cabello, Finance Director, reported that this recognition tells the community how strong the City is and that the department diligently fulfills all the audit and legal requirements and follows the GFOA principles as required. 

 

f.  Recognition by the Parks and Recreation Department of the 3rd Annual City Employee

    Bowling Tournament winners, fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

 

    Mike Pescador, Assistant Parks Director, requested to postpone the awards presentation  

    for the next meeting.  He mentioned that there were 22 teams comprised of City

    employees who collectively raised over $1,000.00 at this event.  He read the winners’  

    categories which are as follows:

 

    1st Place                               Laredo Police Department team

    2nd Place                              Laredo Police Department team

    3rd Place                               Laredo Police Department/Fire Department team

    Best Bowler                         Jerry Cantu – Environmental Services

    Most Spirited Team              Budget/MIS/City Manager’s Office

 

  g.  A special recognition was made to Cm. Hector Garcia on behalf of the Dr. H. Cuellar    

    Elementary basketball team as a token of appreciation.  Coach Felix Nunez presented a  

    plaque to Cm. Garcia in appreciation for his dedication and commitment to the 4th grade

    basketball team.  

 

            Communiqués

 

a.  Presentation by Jose Ortiz regarding City owned public restrooms.

 

      Jose Ortiz stated that he wanted to call attention to one of the serious problems which is the condition of the public restrooms in the downtown area.  On two occasions, he visited the downtown area and had to use the facilities made available for shoppers and visitors.  He stated that he pointed out several deficiencies to the city officials who referred him to the Parks and Recreation Department.  He was told that these facilities are a continual problem because vagrants and transients use these public facilities to bathe on a daily basis.  He would like these facilities to be brought up to par and would like a response from the City as to how this problem will be corrected.

 

      Mayor Flores mentioned that these deficiencies that he brought to the City’s attention are correct.  She explained that City crews go by the facilities every hour on the hour to clean and check for supplies and the problem resurfaces when they go back.  She stated that most public restrooms in major cities are closed down for the same reasons.  She added that the Parks and Recreation Department will follow up with Mr. Ortiz and make some recommendations to City Council to hopefully come up with a solution to this ongoing problem. 

 

b.  Presentation by the Parks and Recreation Department Miracle Youth Committee

     regarding recent special events and activities.

 

Anita Stanley, Parks and Recreation Centers Manager, introduced the committee which was formed in February, 2003.  She stated that this committee empowers the youth and allows them to have a voice in the activities being scheduled.  She introduced the members of the committee and those officers present: 

 

President                Tony Rangel

Secretary                Crystal Limon

Sgt-at-Arms           Jose Casiano

 

President Tony Rangel explained the purpose of the committee is to serve as an advisory committee and the primary purpose is to help put youth’s opinions into the events and programs at the recreation centers.  He added that their mission, along with the City Council’s help and cooperation, is to make the recreation centers a better and exciting place for the future leaders of this city. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

             

a.  Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Ricardo Gonzalez to the Ad Hoc

     Vehicles for Hire Committee.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

     Second:  Cm. Belmares

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII. PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning the west 46.30 feet of Lot 8, Block 1536, Eastern Division, located at 2602 Ash Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Juan Botello, resident of 2604 E. Ash, asked to have a ruling on this proposed zone change rather than postponing it. 

 

Marcial Ruben Gonzalez, resident of  2603 Montgomery, stated that there should not be a zone change to an R-2.  There are plenty of traffic problems in the area so he recommends that the zone change not be approved.

 

Pedro Castaneda stated that the block in question already has three corners with apartments.  He cannot understand why these residents are objecting to the zone change request being made now when there were not objections made for the other three requests from those property owners.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and postpone for May 17, 2004.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Land

Development Code, Article III, by creating section 24-57, “Green Space Preservation,” and amending the City of Laredo Land Development Code, Appendix A, by including definitions relating to Green Space Preservation; providing for severability, publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,000.00 in additional funds for a grant total of $22,000.00 from the University of Arizona for the Border Vision Fronteriza (BVF) 2:  Community Health Workers for Children’s Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 14, 2003, through September 13, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their

housing and community needs and the projects that they wish to see funded through the 30th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the 2004 HOME Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME), the 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and the 2003 and 2004 American Dream Downpayment Initiative Programs (ADDI) in support of the preparation and submission of the 2004 Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Also for discussion and comment is the Fiscal Year (FY) 2002-2003 Consolidated Annual Performance Report regarding the City’s administration of HUD Programs. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that they held several neighborhood meetings to solicit input on the consolidated plan.  He stated that they had a very good turnout and positive comments from the general public.  He explained that HUD provided the City of Laredo with a satisfactory rating in following the consolidated plan.  He noted the positive comments made by HUD regarding affordable housing provided to the community.  He stated that the City provided 147 local families with down payment assistance which is an 8% increase over the prior year.  Another point of interest is that the department has created a partnership with Webb Neighborhood Housing Services Corporation to provide housing to the disabled.  He stated that the City has been able to provide 10 units tailor made for people with special needs.  He noted that HUD requires that 75% of the funds that come in be utilized for low to moderate income people and the City has used 100% of those funds for low to moderate income people.  Under the HOME program, the City ranked third out of nine participating jurisdictions in terms of expenditure rates.  He explained that they expended more money last year than was actually received.  Under the emergency shelter grant, he explained that the department does need to address concerns within the integrated disbursement system with HUD.  He added that HUD made some comments that the department did a very good job of leveraging the funds received from CDBG.  He explained that the City was successful  in leveraging private dollars to create more investment for the downtown Calle Iturbide project.  He added that for next year’s planning year, the City has $4,336,000.00 which is a $31,000.00 decrease under the CDBG block grant; and there is $1,444,006.00 under the HOME program, which is a $56,000.00 decrease.   He added that there is a new program, American Dream down payment initiative, which will allow for down payment assistance with a minimum of $1,000.00 up to $10,000.00 in assistance to home buyers.    

 

Motion to close the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into

agreement with Texas Parks and Wildlife to accept a grant in the amount of $55,380.00 with a 20% local match for the construction of the Chacon Creek Trail Phase II and amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 Capital Improvements Projects Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $90,380.00 for the construction and development of Phase II of the Chacon Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of

Laredo as Zone Grantee of Foreign Trade Zone No. 94 Site 6 and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into operations agreement with Ravisa Distribution Center, as Zone Site Operator for approximately 5,000 square feet of activated space and 2,150 square feet of yard space located at 13485 South Unitec Drive, Unitec Industrial Park Foreign Trade Zone Site 6 and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement.  Providing activation, administrative and transaction fees to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively to

convey to Jesus Padilla, fee simple title to the “Surface Only” of certain property described as being a 3,544.6830 square feet or 0.081 acres, more or less, parcel of land, at its market value of $5,300.00 and being situated in Survey 1019, Abstract 62, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Amending Chapter 19, “Motor Vehicles and Traffic” Article VIII; Stopping, Standing or

Parking, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo:  Specifically Section 19-364, Restricted Parking Areas, establishing a “No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone” on the east side of the 11000 block of McPherson Road between Nafta Street and Grand Central Boulevard, within city limits of Laredo; providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final readings of ordinance # 2004-O-087; # 2004-O-088; # 2004-O-089; # 2004-O-090; # 2004-O-091; # 2004-O-092; # 2004-O-093; # 2004-O-094; # 2004-O-095; # 2004-O-096; # 2004-O-097; # 2004-O-098; # 2004-O-099; # 2004-O-100; # 2004-O-101; # 2004-O-102; # 2004-O-103; # 2004-O-104.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

9.  2004-O-87  Third and Final Reading authorizing the granting to Batista Roman

Enterprises, Inc., a non-exclusive franchise to construct, maintain and operate a commercial container refuse gathering and disposing service in the City of Laredo, Texas and providing the terms, conditions, obligations, and limitations upon and under which such franchise shall be exercised; providing indemnity to the city; city retains authority to regulate rates except for rate increases resulting from increased landfill fees which are passed on to the customer; providing for increased services rates; providing for franchise payments; and providing for severability, publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-87.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

     2004-O-88  Amending Section 24-94, of the Laredo Land Development Code, in order

                         to revise the established standards and procedures governing the issuance of

                         Conditional Use Permits; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-88.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-89  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by amending

 Ordinance No. 2002-O-058 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use

 Permit to David Richter for a concrete batch plant on 5.00 acres, as further

described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located on the west

side of Highway 83 and north of Masterson Road, by extending the terms of

the permit two (2) more years; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-89.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-90  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

13.18 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located northeast of Havana Drive from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-90.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-91  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

 2.07 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit

 “A,” approximately located south of Southgate Boulevard and east of

 Highway 83 from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business

 District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-91.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-92  Authorizing the City Manager to amend City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004

             annual budget in the amount of $1,250,000.00 to fund a program under U.S.

 Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

 (COPS).  The U.S. Department of Justice will be designating $1,250,000.00

 and City of Laredo will be designating $369,250.00 in matching funds

 within the three-year life of the grant.  Funding will be used to hire 10

 additional School Resource Officers (SRO).  The funding for this grant will

 be from September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2005.  The City of Laredo

 2003-2004 Full Time Equivalents will be amended by the addition of 10

 Grade 71 Cadet Police Officers.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-92.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-93  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Capital Improvement Project

 Fund budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

 $12,660.00 for the school flasher/beacon program.  Revenues consists of

 contributions from Laredo Independent School District (LISD) in the

 amount $3,165.00 and United Independent School District (UISD) in the   

 amount of $9,495.00.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-93.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-94  Establishing a 15% penalty on the 2003 delinquent tax accounts as of July 1,

 2004; to defray costs of collection pursuant to section 33.07 (a) of the Texas

 State Property Tax Code; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-94.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

                 2004-O-95  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a two (2) year lease agreement

 between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Amateur Boxing Club, Inc., for

 use of the “Orlando and Gaby Canizales Boxing Gym” located at 1610

 Guadalupe Street, as described on attached Exhibit “A,” for an annual rent

 fee of $1.00; and providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-95.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-96  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing

revenues and expenditures in the amount of $15,479.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $28,053.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Texas-Tamaulipas Border States Birth Defects Project:  Neural Tube Defects (NTD) Pilot Project in Los Dos Laredos of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004; and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 Full-Time Equivalent Position by  including .27 Health Educator  position. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-96.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-97  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing

                         revenues and expenditures in the amount for the $20,000.00 from the

 Texas Department of Health for the Office of Border Health:  Buena Vida

 Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning

 April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-97.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-98  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing

 revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,995.00 in additional funds   

 from the Texas Department of Health for the Office of Border Health:  HIV  

 Awareness Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period

 beginning April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-98.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2004-O-99  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing

                        revenues and expenditures in the amount of $3,500.00 in additional funds

                        from the Texas Department of Health for the Office of Border Health:

                        Environmental Epidemiological Study Project of the City of Laredo Health

Department for the period beginning April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-99.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                    For:   8                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2004-O-100  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing

revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Office of Border Health:  Tuberculosis Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-100.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

               2004-O-101  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Recreation Fund annual budget

                         by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $15,000.00 for

                         the administration of recreation programs and authorizing the City Manager

                         to implement said budget amendment.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-101.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2004-O-102   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Noise Abatement and Airport

                         Construction Funds to recognize additional revenues from two grants

 received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement   

 Program being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-40-04 in the amount of  

 $6,000,000.00 for acquisition of residential structures, sound insulate  

 residences and acquire navigation easements; and Grant Project No. 3-48-

 0136-41-2003 in the amount of $4,276,134.00 for construction of  

 Engineered Materials Arresting System for Runway 35L, rehabilitate

 portion of Taxiway System and construct cargo pads at the Laredo

 International Airport; and  appropriating said grant revenue in the Noise

 Abatement and Airport Construction Funds and local match in the amount

 of $540,850.00 from the Airport opening fund balance to the appropriate

 expenditure accounts; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said  

 budget amendment. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-102.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

 For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

               2004-O-103  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a one (1) year lease agreement

 between the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department and “Escuela  

 de Futbol Soccer America’s Laredo” for use of two (2) soccer fields at the  

 southern area of Father McNaboe Park formerly known as River Oaks Park  

 for a fee of $200.00 per month plus the cost of utilities. The primary

 purpose of this agreement is to institute a soccer program for the youth of  

 Laredo with the understanding that the fields are open for public use during  

 non-programs hours.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-103.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-104  Accepting a grant and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 budget

 by decreasing revenues and expenses in the amount of $16,454.00 to reflect  

 the actual grant amount of $637,267.00 awarded by the Office of the

 National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking

 Area (HIDTA), at no cost to the city, to fund the Laredo Financial Task

 Force.  Funds will be used to pay personnel salaries, travel and operational

 expenses from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.  Accepting a

 grant and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 budget by increasing  

 revenues and expenses in the amount of $49,916.00 to reflect the actual  

 grant amount of $99,916.00 awarded by the Office of the National Drug

 Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA),

 at no cost to the City, to fund the STX Multi-Agency Drug Related

 Corruption Task Force. Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits

 and operational expenses from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-104.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

 For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

10.  2004-R-036  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a funding agreement with the

Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $3,246,590.00 for the West Laredo Multimodal Trade Corridor Phase II project.  The federal contribution is $2,597,272.00 and the City’s contribution of $649,318.00 has been identified and funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.  The federal contribution for this project is part of the $3,500,000.00 award through the national corridor planning and development program/coordinated border infrastructure program.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-036.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

11.  2004-R-038  Rescinding the buffer zone agreement of August 13, 1990, pertaining to

planned improvements at the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant and the abandonment of the existing south effluent pond.

 

Motion to postpone Resolution # 2004-R-038 for next meeting.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

12.  2004-R-039  Directing publication of Notice of Intention to issue City of Laredo,

Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2004, in the principal amount of $13,325,000.00 for paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual Obligations for the purpose of constructing, repairing and maintaining City streets for the benefit of the Municipal Transit Department; acquiring, constructing, improving and equipping surface Municipal Parking Lots in the City's Downtown area, including demolition of existing facilities; and purchasing refuse trucks, and trash cans and other improvements for the Solid Waste Department; and for the payment of legal, fiscal and engineering fees in connection with such projects.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-039 with correction on the amount to read $13,725,000.00. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

13.  2004-R-040  Designating city streets to be constructed, repaired and maintained for the                                  benefit of the Transit System for proposed Revenue Certificates of

     Obligation, Series 2004 Bonds.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-040.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

14.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract

number FY03-070 awarded to the low bidder, Valu Care Cleaners, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $28,320.00 for providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department non uniformed officers.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

15.  Consideration to award contract FY04-035 to the low bidders, Clark Hardware and        

Lowe’s Home Improvement in the estimated annual amount of $40,000.00 for the purchase of plumbing supplies for City maintenance and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department, Airport, Public Works, Civic Center, Health and Municipal Housing budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

16.  Consideration to award an annual supply contract number FY04-076 to the low bidder,

Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the purchase of unleaded, low sulfur and high sulfur diesel fuel, for the City of Laredo’s fleet.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Program.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

17.  Consideration to award contract FY04-075 to the sole bidder, Castaneda Sand and

Gravel, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $30,000.00 for the purchase of top soil and fill dirt.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department and park construction project budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

18.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Sepulveda Associates

Architects, Laredo, Texas, associated with Foster Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Former Southern Hotel 1200 Block of Matamoros Street and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  The Engineering Contract Review Committee recommended approval on April 19, 2004.  Funding is available in the 2002 CO Issue Former Southern Hotel.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

19.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to Structural Engineering Associates,

Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $79,700.00 for preliminary designs of alternative single column bent or multi-column bent for the Santa Ursula Connector Phase II.  All designs, schematic drawings and layouts of the connector will meet the requirements of the International Boundary Water Commission (IBWC).  Funding is available in Purchase Professional Services Bridge System Revenue Bond Series 2002.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

20.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of South Laredo Park in a two block area by

Kawas Elementary School bounded by San Luis and Saltillo Streets and South Martin and South Jarvis Avenues and approval of final payment in the amount of $8,666.17 to R. Aguero Trucking, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $183,963.30.  Funding is available in the South Laredo Park.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

21.  Consideration to award annual contract FY04-069 to the low bidder, Super X Mowing

Service, Laredo, Texas, in the annual amount of $72,000.00 for providing monthly mowing and maintenance of the Zacate Creek areas from Meadow and Canal Streets to the mouth of the river.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

22.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to continue negotiations with Proviron,

Inc., as to the rates and charges for gas and gas service to residential and commercial customers authorized by Ordinance 94-O-082 and Ordinance 94-O-092, for a period not to exceed 180 days from the date of authorization.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

23.  Consideration to award a contract to York Services, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount

of $38,730.00 to make emergency repairs to the air conditioner chill water supply and return lines in order to maintain a/c service to the Airport Passenger Terminal. Funding is available in the Airport Maintenance Building & other improvements

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

24.  Approving that the Laredo International Airport enter into a Gold Sponsorship contract

with the Miss Texas USA Pageant in the amount of $50,000.00. Funding is available in the FY 04 Airport Budget under the Small Communities Air Service Development Program.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm.  J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

            25.  A.  Presentation of the new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Flood Boundary and

 Floodway Map (FBFM), and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) by Federal Emergency   

 Management Agency (FEMA) for Chacon Creek.

 

 Riazul Mia, Enrivonmental Services Director, stated that in 1997 the City received    

 a grant from the Texas Water Development Board and a consultant was hired to do  

 Chacon Creek project.   In 1999, the project was submitted to FEMA, but the 

 consultant provided a $100,000,000.00 project to basically do a concrete channel

 from Lake Casa Blanca to the river.  He stated that in 2000, the City hired another  

 consultant to come up with a new idea and that is when Carter and Burgess was

 selected.  During the review, they also found some problems with the previous

 model.  Finally after three years, FEMA has notified the City that the map has been  

 approved. 

 

 Tom Moutnz, Carter and Burgess, provided a FEMA Map Revision Update before   

 Council.  He explained that the City approved a master plan that included a revision 

 of the flood plain and revised the FEMA maps. 

 

 

Brief History of Map Revision

 

 

FEMA issued effective FIS & maps

May, 1982

Chacon Creek LOMR submitted

January, 2000

LOMR revision for main creek

August, 2001

LOMR revision for tributaries

June, 2003

Notification of intent to issue PMR

March, 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definitions

 

 

 

FEMA

Federal insurance management agency

FIS

Flood insurance study

FBFM

Flood boundary & floodway map (incl. in FIS)

FIRM

Flood insurance rate map

BFE

Base flood elevation (100-year flood elevation)

Flood hazard zone

Studied and estimated floodplains

Floodway

Portion of floodplain to be kept free from development

 

(<1.0 ft rise in 100-year event)

 

 

Map Change Definitions

 

 

LOMA

Letter of map amendment

 

- corrections to issued maps

LOMR

Letter of map revision

 

- physical changes to flood plain and/or BFE

 

- FEMA does not issue new map

 

- issues letter & map of portion of FIRM   revised

PMR

Physical Map Revision

 

- significant changes to BFE, flood plain, and/or physical features (city boundaries, roads, etc.)

 

- reissue of FIRM & may include reissue of FIS and FBFM

 

Includes all LOMAs and LOMRs since last issue date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chronology of PMR Process

 

Submittal& review of technical data

February, 2004

PMR notification letter

March 24, 2004

 

30 days to submit additional information

Preparation of prelim maps & reports

up to six months

Issue prelim maps for city review

30 days to review, comment & correct

Reports & maps released to public

90 day appeal period

FEMA issues new FIS, FBFM, and FIRMS

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Now?

 

·        Wait for the new report and maps to be prepared

·        Final FIS and Maps in about 1 year

·        City can enforce the new flood plains, floodways, and BFEs

·        City may submit CLOMRs based on the new study

 

 

B.   Presentation by Mr. Martin Aleman, Budget Director, of Citizens Survey conducted   

       and prepared by National Service Research.

 

       Martin Aleman, Budget Director, stated that the City Manager assigned this project   

       to assist the City in developing budget and service decisions and a committee was 

       created to develop a questionnaire.    Proposals were submitted from different firms 

       while the committee members called 500 citizens equally selected from each of the

       districts.  The survey is available at the City Secretary’s Office for public review.

 

C.   Discussion with possible action to construct necessary bridge widening  

       enhancements on International Bridges 1 and 2 for the purpose of increasing  

       capacity and ensuring the safe and expedient crossing of pedestrian and vehicular

       traffic.  The proposed widening enhancements to Bridge 2 would support  

       Homeland Security efforts as well as complement the City’s efforts to promote

       economic growth, tourism and sustainable development through the next thirty (30)

       years, as exemplified in the planned improvements to Bridge I as part of El Portal  

       project, the creation of a Sentry Lane at Bridge 2, and the planned construction of a   

       Fifth International Bridge.

 

       Rafael Garcia, Bridge Director, reported on the projected revenues for Bridge V  

 and the anticipated monies that will be going to the City’s revenue fund.  He 

 explained that one needs to understand that of the total revenues that the bridge  

 system puts into the city coffers, 60% of those revenues belong to the commercial   

 traffic.   He stated that Bridge V will not be a commercial bridge so then it will be a  

 longer process of recuperation. He explained that if one looks at the projected  

 revenues, the  debt service, and the operating  expenses, with opening Bridge V in

 2008, it will take approximately until 2038 to break even while spending roughly  

 $10,000,000.00 per year and bringing in revenues of roughly $3,000,000.00.  He

 stated that what underscores our ability to protect the system is that the umbrella of

 the Laredo Bridge System protects Bridge V without having to raise taxes. 

 

 Motion to conduct a study to consider expanding the existing bridges. 

 

 Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 For:    8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

D.  Status report on City of Laredo park land and city streets as it relates to Ryan, Buenos Aires, and Daiches Elementary Schools.

 

      Mayor Flores stated that City Attorney Jaime Flores provided a legal opinion to the Mayor and to all Council Members regarding this issue.  She stated that she has met with Dr. Dennis Cantu from the school district and provided him a copy of said City Attorney’s opinion so that he would have the benefit of the information gathered. She added that with the two opinions at his disposal, Dr. Cantu is going to consider forwarding those opinions to the Attorney General and trusts that the Attorney General will provide the school district with a ruling soon. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that he had a telephone conversation with Dr. Barber last week at which time he indicated what the school district’s courses of action were and they agreed as to what they could do. 

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

26.  A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

1.  Discussion with possible action to include the name of the Veteran’s Coalition on

the plaque of the Veteran’s monument.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

Motion to postpone item.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Status report on the Mario Tijerina Park.

 

Mike Pescador, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director, reported that Phase I of this park is 100% complete.  This includes the skate park area, basketball court, baseball/soccer field, the irrigation system, etc.  Phase II is roughly 40% complete – security lighting is up, sports lighting is being worked on and they are expecting the lighting to come in the next two weeks.  He added that Phase II will also encompass a walking trail, bleachers, and a parking lot.

     

                   B.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 1.  Discussion with possible action regarding landscaping of City buildings:  Public

      Library, Police Department, Municipal Court and Airport.

 

      Tommy Ochoa, Municipal Court Administrator, reported that they have a one-year warranty on the landscaping.  They have spoken to the contractor about replacing the oak tree and the hedges that need replacing.  However, he has had problems with the person who did the landscaping for this location.

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that there are areas such as the Police Department which can be easily done; the Public Library has some tall, lean trees that were planted by the rear parking area.  He added that they have asked Parks and Recreation staff to address some of these landscaping issues.  Some of the things that they are looking into is using a different firm to do landscaping.  The landscaping used around the arena looks very attractive and presentable.  The biggest project that is coming forward for landscaping is the airport terminal project.  He also mentioned that he has been able to sign an application to hire the City’s first urban forester.  The City has selected a site to create a tree farm and they will start moving forward with this process.  He wants to let the public know that they are doing different things to deal with some of the deficiencies. 

 

                   C.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John C. Galo

 1.  Discussion with possible action regarding parking problem at the corner of

      Gustavus and Mendiola due to the church overflow.

 

      Pastor Gilberto Velez, of Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia, reported that they are trying to remedy the situation, but due to the explosive growth of the church congregation, they are having an overflow problem.  He explained that they have added another service to alleviate this situation and he hopes that some of the people will start attending the afternoon service.  He stated that this situation only occurs on Sunday mornings and that they have added more manpower to patrol the area during the time of worship. 

 

 2.  Discussion with possible action identifying the owner of the property known as

      el pozo” in the Santa Fe Subdivision.

 

      Mayor Pro Tem Galo reported that they have a trash problem at this location and the property owner stated that the area in question had been donated to the City. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that he does not believe that area has been platted nor was it donated to the City.

 

      Mayor Pro Tem Galo would like to see the property owner cited in order to have this problem taken care of.  He added that this same problem has existed for a year now. 

     

                    D.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

     1.  Status report regarding traffic light at the intersection of San Francisco and

       Lafayette.

 

       Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that a revised report had been  

       requested by TxDOT over a month ago regarding the City’s request for 

       installation of a traffic light.   He stated that TxDOT has not provided a 

       response and they are still doing evaluations.  They are also utilizing the

       services of Texas Transportation Institute to do even further evaluations of the  

       report submitted by the consultant.  He stated that he expects a reply in early 

       May before they provide the City with a decision. 

 

  2.  Presentation by Juan Esparza of River City Soap Box, Inc., of the soap box              

       derby scheduled for July 4th weekend, with possible action.

 

 Juan Esparza stated that River City Soap Box, Inc. was created exclusively to   

 bring  soap box derby to Laredo.  He mentioned that they have conducted soap  

 box derbies in the past here in Laredo at a smaller scale.  They have conducted  

 several races and they have been successful to a degree because they have not

 provided city-wide exposure.   He added that this is the fourth fastest growing  

 amateur sport in the nation.  He mentioned that they would require a 3 block

 strip with an incline of 11 to 14◦ for this event. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that there are some locations that do not have heavy traffic.  He suggested that he meet with the Parks and Recreation Director to have a discussion over possible locations for the event. 

 

 

  3.  Status report regarding pending projects in District V, including drainage and

       park improvements and street reconstruction projects.

 

       Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. stated that he would rather meet with staff due to the fact  

       that there are some open ended projects such as the Zacate Creek drainage

       project.  He mentioned that if an overview is necessary on these items, he will  

       place it for discussion at his final meeting in May.

 

                     E.   Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

   1.  Discussion with possible action regarding flash flooding on Denmark.

 

         He stated that the reason this area has been having these flash flooding events is due to the heavy rains. 

 

         Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they have been meeting with several consultants and various landowners in an effort to study the watershed north of Del Mar Boulevard.  He explained that this is necessary to have a plan in place that will address items like the flooding concern around this area.  He added that the consultant from Crane Engineering is spearheading this study in order to develop a storm water management plan.  The objective of this plan is:  to develop a storm water plan that all engineers involved can use to plan and design their respective developments and prepare one CLOMR application for this area; to prepare drainage easements that connect these tracts together; and to identify detention pond sites to encourage regional detention as opposed to one pond per development. 

 

         Eddie Garza, Crane Engineering, stated that this initiative was made by his firm in an effort to organize all the consultants in this area because they saw a need for it.  He pointed out that they are developing subdivisions in this same watershed right in the middle and they have identified problems associated with flooding.  They have been meeting with Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer and Keith Selman, the Flood  Plain Administrator.   Their objective is to get the engineering consultants to work together to incorporate their master plans and to identify their drainage easements that everyone can utilize.  He stated that this would also be a good way for the developers to submit one CLOMR application and that would be of benefit to the City.

                  

  F.   Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

   1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the capacity of existing sewer plants.

 

         Pablo Martinez, Acting Utilities Director, reported that all the plants have met the state regulations as far as capacity and flows are concerned.  He mentioned that they have plans to expand most of the plants and provided Council with a short summary.  Laredo Colombia – due to the colonias project, they have opted to expand that plant and they are currently in the permitting process.  They are expanding from 35,000 gallons per day to approximately 200,000 gallons per day.  The North Laredo plant, they are also in the permitting process and they have plans to expand to 2,000,000,000 gallons per day.  The Unitech plant – they are also in the permitting process and they plan to expand to 1,000,000,000 gallons per day.   The South Laredo plant – they have not initiated the permitting process but they are looking to expand to 3,000,000,000 gallons per day.  The Zacate Creek plant – they do not have any plans for expansion and are looking at leaving that one at its current level. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding tire buying program.

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that the City holds two annual events for haz-mat disposals and at each of those events the City has a tire-buying program.  He stated that he would ask that city staff provide a report of the total amount of tires collected and total amount of hazardous materials that were taken in for disposal. 

 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding water park study.

 

Cm. Ramirez mentioned that he had spoken to Webb County regarding the land and they instructed staff to contact the City officials.  He would like to have city staff initiate some discussion over the arrangements to be made for the use of the county’s land. 

 

Motion to instruct city staff meet with Webb County officials in regards to arrangements to be made for the use of their land.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second: 

 

Motion dies for lack of a second. 

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, mentioned that he has spoken to the County Attorney who stated that they are working on clarifying the terms of what Webb County is planning to do. 

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE             LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene the Laredo Mass Transit Board.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

27.  Consideration to an award annual supply contract number FY04-076 to the low bidder,

Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the purchase of unleaded, low sulfur and high sulfur diesel fuel, for the Transit System’s fleet.  Funding is available in the Transit Fund.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AS             THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Mass Transit Board and reconvene as the Laredo City Council.

 

Motion:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

      Motion to adjourn.                                                                                       Time:  11:00 p.m.

 

 

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-S-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 3, 2004

5:30 P.M

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

 

  I.        PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a bar on Lot 1, Block 5, Del Mar Village Subdivision, located at 120 W. Village Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Jodie Sandel, representing the tenants in the area of Del Mar Village subdivision, stated that they are opposed to any zoning change even a conditional change that would allow a piano bar in this area.  She added that the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of this request for good reason. 

 

      George Juarez, on behalf of Sanlin Properties, LTD, stated that he is in favor of a conditional use permit for a piano bar. 

     

      Motion to close the public hearing, introduce, and override Planning and Zoning Commission and grant a conditional use permit.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Garcia

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

2.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 1, Summerwind Subdivision, Unit 1, located north of Jacaman Road and east of Bartlett Ave., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that his department received a petition with 90 signatures in opposition to the zone change. 

 

      Ron Whitehawk, representing Juan Ramirez, stated that the property as shown is located at the corner which is a high traffic area.  When the original master plan was drafted, this was shown as a large lot.  He stated that there was an oversight made in conjunction with the master planning and the property was zoned R-1.  The lot is approximately 45,000 sq. ft. in size which is triple the size of a normal lot found in Regency Park.  It is not suitable to have one single family home located on that type of an intersection.  The original zoning case placed before the commission called for a B-3 zoning designation.  He noted that the last time he came before City Council he stated that they were amending the zone change request but the owner wanted to meet with the neighbors in order to reach a satisfactory compromise.  He is requesting to allow the property owner to submit an amended application and request a B-3 down to an R-2 to allow for a small cluster of condominiums or other type of multi-family development. 

 

      Luis Landin stated that the residents invited the property owner to be present at the meeting that they had.  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. did visit with the group which had a long discussion and he was advised that they are opposed to the recommendation made because it is a constricted section of the neighborhood.  He added that 88 members of the subdivision are opposed to the proposed zone change. 

 

      George Juarez, local attorney, stated that the proper papers have been filed with the Secretary of State forming a non-profit corporation for that subdivision.  He added that two weeks ago he received a call from one of the residents who advised him that he would be in his office because he is taking the initiative to organize the homeowners association. 

 

      Bobby Montsou stated that he is the individual to contact for any information on the subdivision.  He added that he does have a list of 90 of the 97 current homeowners.  He stressed that with the current planning the way it is set up, this would cause great traffic demands on the subdivision, a new engineering report would have to be generated, etc. 

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and deny the zone change request.

 

      Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. Ramirez

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

     

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY2003-2004 Bridge System Construction Fund by appropriating $750,000.00 for the Bridge II expansion project.  Funding will be provided by appropriating a draw down of $370,531.00 from the construction fund opening balance and a transfer in from operating fund in the amount of $379,469.00.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the City is delaying some other projects in the budget year and shuffling some monies in order to move this project forward.   He explained that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico has requested placing the sentry lane at Bridge II which requires funding from the City for that portion of the lane going southbound into Mexico. 

     

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Belmares

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

       II. EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into Executive Session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

 III.      ADJOURNMENT

 

                        Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  11:00 p.m.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                        Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 29 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on May 3, 2004.

 

 

 

                                                                        _________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                              City Secretary